Israeli PM to visit India for boost of ties

Netanyahu to Visit India With 130 Businessmen

Netanyahu had called Modi's "historic visit" a "very significant step" in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a "constant upswing".

Modi, who became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel six months ago, has addressed Netanyahu as a "friend". "Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights!"

Modi had done away with the established protocol and gone to the airport to receive his Israeli guest in person. The leaders will also discuss a detailed working plan for the next five years, pursuant to the government's decision, led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, to strengthen bilateral ties.

Netanyahu is the second Israeli prime minister to visit India after a gap of 15 years. "I am excited about this historic week that will further strengthen Israel's global standing". They also signed the visitors book at the chowk.

The two leaders then went then went ahead to the Teen Murti Chowk in central Delhi, which was formally renamed as Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk.

The minister will later visit Centre of Excellence, Vadrad.

At least 44 Indian soldiers had laid down their lives protecting the Israeli city of Haifa during World War I.

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Asked if he approves India's terror strikes launched across the border with Pakistan, he said that India makes its own choices and "you fight terrorism by fighting it".

He will hold meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, apart from Modi.

"We want more and more Indian movies to be shot in Israel, to normalise the image they have of our country, and pique their interest to visit us".

Netanyahu's son Yair had been invited on the India trip but he did not join his family Saturday night when they embarked on their trip, the Post said.

Advocating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India to boost and deepen bilateral economic relations, he said, "Israel is changing so rapidly".

Netanyahu and Modi met for the first time at the United Nations in September 2014, the first such meeting in over a decade. These include memoranda of understanding on gas and oil, renewable energy, aviation, industrial research and development, cybersecurity, reciprocal investments, supplementary medicine, space research and joint movie productions, Haaretz said.

On Monday, Netanyahu will be given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan which will be followed by the wreath laying at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

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